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Find what you’re looking for – and then some

A long, long, time ago I found myself married to a stark-raving-psycho and a friend said in a loving way, “I’ve always believed that we get what we deserve.”  I told him, THANKS!  Then he clarified by saying “we find what we are looking for”.

So I started believing more in myself and looking for the beauty in everything.  Now I have the perfect husband and I find even more beauty than I expect.

Spider Webs in Alder Tree
Spider Webs in Alder Tree

I thought the pale green moss was pretty as the morning sunlight lit it up.  But I didn’t see the delicate work of the spiders until I looked closer at the larger image.  That was unexpected (Weekly Photo Challenge).

20 degrees on the Alsea River
20 degrees on the Alsea River

The weather turned cold this week!

Frosty Fern
Frosty Fern

We are truly blessed to have a warm home to sleep in!

Frosty Apple Tree
Frosty Apple Tree

Sometimes it’s easier to appreciate beauty when we are comfortable.   But we can also take everything for granted.  I have found that the more grateful I am for my blessings, the more blessings I realize I have.  (And, on a religious note, if I always look toward Christ it’s like wearing rose-colored glasses.)

I don’t think we always “get what we deserve” but I do think we find what we are looking for.  So….what do you want to find today?

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Elk Activity Days

She must be the Activity Days leader.

elk nursing
Lunch Time

Seeing the elk lying on this grassy hill is sometimes an optical illusion.  It’s hard to tell how far behind one elk is from another; so the size difference is not obvious.

elk cow and calf - size difference
Optical Illusion

You think texting while driving is hard – try snapping while driving!

It wasn’t as unsafe as it sounds.  The part of the road I was on didn’t have any driveways and I was going maybe 2 mph.  The top speed limit is 20mph.  As you can see, I still wasn’t any good at it.  I wasn’t sure if the standing elk was a calf until I got it on my computer and could enlarge it.  This is a calf, making a total of 6 in this herd.  She’s late for Activity Days.

Can you tell that Activity Days is on my mind?

I got to be the Activity Days leader in our Branch for the last year and a half.  Those 8 – 11 year old girls taught me so much.  They have such beautiful testimonies of Christ.  I am so fortunate to have gotten to know them.  I just got released and will receive new blessings as I serve in the Relief Society.  Every calling brings me closer to Christ in a different way.  I love that there are so many opportunities to serve in this church.  It makes it so much easier to live the gospel everyday.

Leading up to Christmas – Day 4

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Helaman 14:5

And behold, there shall a new star arise, such an one as ye never have beheld; and this also shall be a sign unto you.

Doll Pin Nativity
Doll Pin Nativity

How many times, in the scriptures, have people seen angels or other great wonders and then immediately or later doubted what they saw?  It’s human nature to try to apply our own reasoning to explain what we’ve seen.  God gave us a brain for a reason.  We should use it!  But aren’t we always learning and gaining knowledge so we can increase our reasoning ability?  So how do we know the truth?  God and Jesus Christ are the source of all truth.  The Holy Spirit communicates truth to us.  So he is an important part of being prepared to see, hear or experience the signs around us.  If we have the Holy Spirit as our constant companion, the signs are another witness of Christ and they help build our faith in Him.  Part of our reasoning things out needs to be “what do I feel?”  It also needs to include prayer to Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ to know the truth.  Through the Holy Spirit, we will know their answer.

Retirement Thoughts

We’re travelling, this week, to see our grandchildren and most of their parents. 🙂

I love our grandchildren and that is why I’ll never post their pictures here.  I’ve worked with computers and internet systems enough to know how much trouble it can get children into. There are scary people out there and I’ll do everything I can to protect our little ones!  I’ll share their pictures with family only.

Empty Moving Sidewalks

So, onto a different “retirement thought”.  Maybe it’s because my husband and I spend 24/7 together that my thoughts occasionally turn to “What if I was in an accident or something happened to me while I am away from him?”  It usually comes up when I’m walking the beach alone or running an errand alone or eat breakfast in the motel alone because I woke up too early and couldn’t stand to lay there any longer and it’s too early to wake him up with hair dryer noises.  It’s not that I dwell on the thought of death or violence or being a victim.  I just quickly think, “Do I have ID on me so someone will know who to call?  Do I have my wedding band on so he can ID my body if it is othewise unrecognizable?  Will he recognize the earrings I have on (that I’ve worn everyday for the last 3 months)?  Should I wake him up just to tell him I’m leaving the room so he can sleep; after I’ve been careful not to wake him up with so much as a light to get dressed by?  I’ll just take my phone, and if the wrong stars DO align, it will be of use.  If he DOES wake up before I return AND I am gone long enough that he begins to worry, he can call me.”  The few times that I’ve been gone for a walk on the beach long enough that he’s called me, I haven’t had a cell signal.  So the phone is actually a win-win (for me).  I get points for taking it but my peaceful walk is not interrupted by his schedule.  🙂  just kidding dear!

Anywho…you may wonder why the picture of the moving sidewalks we used in the airports?  Well, they reminded me of life and death.  If you have a life of service you’ll be ready for the next life.  If you don’t know what “service” is, ask a mother; she is always serving her family.  I believe that service is how we learn to love as Christ loves.  I don’t believe the love or service will stop when we die.  Maybe service will actually be more of a way-of-life?  Death of our mortal body is just a transition to the next life.  We, rightfully, cling to life so that we can learn as much as we can and as much as God knows we need.

Service is like the moving sidewalk.  We get on the sidewalk when we do or say something kind to someone.  The more we serve others, starting with our family members, the faster we are moving on the sidewalk.  We can either walk or stand on the moving sidewalk.  Either way we are getting closer to the goal.  If we make service a constant in our life (walking or running on the sidewalk), the scope of our love will grow.  I think that, like getting to the end of the moving sidewalk when you are walking propels you, our service and what we’ve learned from it will make what comes next feel natural.

So, if you haven’t gotten on the sidewalk, say something kind to someone today.  Or smile at someone or do something kind for someone.

Moving Sidewalks
Moving Sidewalks

I am grateful for the love our children have for their children and all that they do for them each and every day.  I am grateful for our parents who show by example how to serve and love their families and friends.  And I am grateful for my sweet (and sassy) husband and cannot imagine spending this much time with anyone else.